To commemorate the 400th Parkash Utsav of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji, PG Department of Punjabi and Department of History of BBK DAV College for Women, organized a seminar to understand the significance and implications of Guru Sahib’s Bani in the contemporary context. Professor Dr. Joginder Singh, Incharge, Sikh History Research Centre, Khalsa College and former Head, Department of History, Professor Dr. Sarabjinder Singh, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Religious Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University and Dr. Manjinder Singh, Head, School of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University were the resource persons for the seminar.
While welcoming the guests, Principal Dr. Pushpinder Walia said that it is an honor for the college to conduct seminar on such a pious topic. She added that Gurbani represents the ultimate and vital truths of life. Bani of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji teaches us to live life without fear and dignity. She further added that the idea of protection of weak and giving them courage to raise their voice against oppression and injustice has always been the core not only of Gurbani but of all the spiritual teachings of the world.
In his address Prof. Dr. Joginder Singh said that significance of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji’s Bani can be understood better in the context of evolution of Sikh community of that time. He added that Guru Sahib stood for justice and righteousness and their Bani gives a glimpse of His these two principles.
Prof. Dr. Sarabjinder Singh said that since the times of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, all Sikh Gurus have worked to protect the unique identity of the individuals as well as of minorities. Guru Tegh Bahadur ji through His Bani gave the message of oneness and also protected the diversity of India.
While addressing the gathering, Dr. Manjinder Singh added that Guru ji’s Bani advocates respect of every religion and culture, and supports the concept of Unity with Diversity.
Dr. Rani, Head, PG Department of Punjabi gave a vote of thanks. Dr. Sunita Sharma conducted the stage while Ms. Shashi Suri, Department of History, along with other faculty members and a large number of students, also participated in the event.